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CSR Reporting

Carbon Footprint

Renewable Energy

Referenz ORT

Sustainability Quick Check

Carbon Footprint Reduction

ISO 26000

Referenz Bionade

Concept for a
renewable energy supply

Referenz Leuphana Stakeholder constellation of a standard for sustainable building  
Manufacturer of taps CSR report according to GRI  



SIG is one of the world's leading solution providers for the food and beverage industry within the field of carton packs and filling technology. Their customers in over 70 countries fill more than 10,000 products from over 50 product categories into SIG carton packs.
After committing to ambitious sustainability goals (e.g. substantial reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and development of a carton packaging with leading environmental performance) as part of their "Corporate Compass", a CSR report according to GRI was first published for 2016. Dr. Ralf Resch supported the SIG team in the areas of data gathering and preparation, carbon footprinting and energy management. During this reporting process and subsequently various optimisation potentials were uncovered, e.g. for the usage of renewable energy at different production sites, the operation mode of the CHP and for a more efficient data capture during CSR reporting and carbon footprinting.
The cooperation has been evaluated as very good by the responsible SIG contact and has been continued since then. Alongside the annual gathering and consolidation of carbon dioxide emission and energy consumption data for the reporting process (meanwhile in additon to GRI also for CDP and DJSI), the creation of own capacities and the sourcing of green energy are focal points of the cooperation.





Dr. Ralf Resch performed an initial sustainability quick check for ORT, a marketing production company headquartered in Krefeld/Germany with branch offices in other parts of Germany. Based on a stakeholder analysis, relevant topics in the three dimensions of ecology, economy and social aspects were captured, analysed and compared with industry benchmarks. Recommendations were made in the following areas:

  • Communication:adjustment of the mission statement
    and the Internet presentation
  • Management:introduction of sustainability related
    performance indicators for eco- and socio-efficiency,
    leading to a sustainability management system
  • Social aspects:employee involvement through a
    lighthouse project
  • Ecology:replacement of the current heating and air
    conditioning system with a cogeneration plant
    (combined production of electricity and heat or cooling)

This lead ORT to apply for participation in the ESF programme "CSR for SMEs".
The project "Calculation and reduction of the corporate carbon footprint" took up several recommendations of the quick check and implements them, e. g. through

  • Calculation of the corporate carbon footprint,
    evaluation based on comparable indicators
  • Determination of the main drivers for greenhouse
    gas emissions
  • Creation of ideas for the reduction of greenhouse
    gas emissions and energy consumption, involving
    the employees
  • Implementation of the most promising ideas, realisation
    of the ecological and economic gains

Activities started in the spring of 2012 and lasted for two years. Dr. Ralf Resch coached and consulted the project team, in particular through calculating the carbon footprint and determining the main drivers, conducting trainings and workshops for the employees, evaluating the measures to reduce the carbon footprint and communicating the results. After formal completion of the ESF programme, carbon footprint calculation was continued and further measures implemented.

The results are really impressive: from 2011 – 2020

  • Greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced by 71%,
  • Energy consumption by 45% and
  • Energy cost by 22%

This was achieved mainly through organisational measures and behavioural change.
In addition, a cogeneration unit was installed for combined heating/cooling and electricity production.
Carbon footprint calculation will be continued in the coming years to evaluate results and to implement further optimisations.

In 2015 ORT started with sustainability reporting according to ISO 26000 in order to systemise the existing CSR activities and to develop focus areas for further activities. Dr. Ralf Resch supported ORT with content and structural aspects of the report, the preparation of key figures und provided suggestions for future plans. According to the planned biannual update, in 2017 the second report was published and contained further targets for the next period, e.g. a PV roof installation for self-supply of green electricity and a larger e-mobility offering as well as an ecological upgrade of the company premises to foster biodiversity. These targets have been accomplished in the following period and described in the 2019 report. The most recent CSR report (only in German) shows not only the achievements of more than 10 years of sustainable development but also presents ambitious goals for the future. Dr. Ralf Resch continues in his advisory role with suggestions, methodical advice and carbon footprinting.






Dr. Ralf Resch together with other experts developed a concept for the supply of Bionade GmbH in Ostheim/Germany with renewable energy, involving local farmers, company employees and other stakeholders.
At first the following parameters were analysed:

  • Status quo of energy consumption (sources of energy,
    usage pattern, cost and greenhouse gas emissions)
  • Applicability of renewable energy sources for the
    requirements of BIONADE
  • Regional potentials of renewable energy sources
  • Possible business models and forms of cooperation
    withcontract farmers and other regional partner

Based on this, a proposal with the following components was developed:

  • Concept for the future renewable energy supply of the
    main plant through the combination of a community
    biogas plant, wood chips heating, small hydro power,
    small wind power, solar heat and photovoltaics
  • Concept for the implementation of a closed loop cycle of
    material by using digestate as fertiliser for the contract
  • Possibility for a permanent carbon storage in the form of
    biochar, reducing the atmospheric CO2 content and
    improving the soil of the contract farmers, through a
    HTC plant
  • Development of the stakeholder network
  • Calculation of the required investment and investigation
    of adequate public and private sources of financing
  • Communication strategy and phase plan for concept
  • Perspectives for the energetic optimisation of the whole
    value chain to achieve a carbon neutral provision of
    the product

The proposal was very well received by the company and becomes part of the
future planning.






Innovation and Transfer Network for Sustainable SMEs of the
Leuphana University Luneburg/Germany

The Innovation Incubator Luneburg is a project to stimulate the economy in the former administrative region of Luneburg through close cooperation with scientific institutes. The Leuphana University Luneburg developed this EU sponsored project and implements it through 2010 – 2015 together with the federal state of Lower Saxony, with a focus on the creation of jobs in future-proof industries and the strengthening of the research and development capabilities of SMEs in the region.

In 2011, a project group within the sub team "Sustainable SMEs" intended to develop a practical standard for sustainable buildings in close cooperation with the Network Sustainable Building in Verden as external project partner. For this endeavour, a pilot study was commissioned to analyse the "Stakeholder constellation of a standard for sustainable building" in order to determine relevant supra-regional stakeholders, analyse their interests and develop advantageous set-ups for a purposeful approach to develop the Network Sustainable Building as certification body.
Dr. Ralf Resch was commissioned with this study.

He analysed existing standards for sustainable building, interviewed selected representatives of the relevant stakeholder groups and developed suggestions for the positioning of the Network Sustainable Building and its focussed cooperation patterns with major stakeholder groups. In November 2011, he presented his findings to representatives of the Innovation Incubator and the Network Sustainable Building, who evaluated the results positively:

"The cooperation with Mr. Resch as expert for mission oriented research in the area of sustainability management was spot-on and in time. His recommendations are perfectly suited for the needs of the various project partners."
(Dr. Holger Petersen and Matthias Schock, Innovation Incubator Sustainable SMEs)






Manufacturer of taps

A large international manufacturer of taps planned in 2021 the publication of a CSR report according to GRI. Dr. Ralf Resch provided advice to the agency preparing this report on behalf of the manufacturer for the GRI conformity of the report content and the preparation of respective data and facts form the enterprise. The report has been completed as planned and certified by GRI. The collaboration has been valued highly by the agency and shall be continued for the next reporting cycle.